Monday, January 6, 2020

Announcements from Base Camp: 2020 Journey Into Journey Writing Contest

Happy New Year!  It's time for a new Journey Into writing contest.  Listen to me talk about it and See details below.

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  • You must declare your intention to submit a story by 11:59:59 PM Mountain Time on January 31, 2020
  • You will be assigned your story title (Journey song title) on the show and by email on February 8, 2020
  • You must submit your new original story by 11:59:59 PM Mountain Time on March 31, 2020
  • Winners will be announced on the show and by email by April 30, 2020
  • Winning stories will be produced for audio publication on the podcast some time in 2020 or 2021.
WORD COUNT: The story shall be between 2000 - 7500 words in length

  • The story title must be the Journey song title assigned to you.
  • You must include two phrases from the song lyrics somewhere in your story utilizing 4 words or more for each phrase.
  • Please write an original story based on inspiration from the song title.  Please don't tack this title onto a story you have already written.  There is no way for me to enforce this, but the spirit of this contest is to provide a prompt for a new story.
  • Preference for speculative fiction, including science fiction, fantasy, horror, and various combinations and sub-genre.
  • Remember the winning stories will be produced for the podcast, so we will be looking for stories that "work well in audio".
CONTEST RESTRICTIONS: Please no splatter horror, grimdark, or explicit sexual content. Also please avoid coarse profanity (including Schlonz).

WHO WILL DECIDE THE WINNERS: A panel of volunteer judges.

PRIZES: 1st Prize: $25, 2nd Prize: $15, 3rd Prize: $5.  All winning stories will be produced as a full cast audio production for the podcast.

WHERE TO SEND SUBMISSIONS: Email submissions to

SUBMISSION FORMAT:  The subject line must contain the prefix of "2020 CONTEST:" followed by the title of your story.  The body of the email should be the text of your story.


  1. About the rules of this contest: Would you say that any way you want it, that's the way you need it?

    1. Yes, I'd say that I would accept most stories with open arms.

    2. That's the way you need it ;)